Match Update: Aston Villa Beats Crystal Palace With 2-1 Victory


Steven Gerrard secured his second win as Aston Villa boss claimed a 2-1 victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


After a huge celebrating getting all three points late on against Brighton one week ago. Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain was again celebrating when “Matt Targett” lead Villa ahead with a low drive through a crowd of bodies from Ashley Young’s corner on 15 minutes.


Though crystal Palace have tried to salvage something in the closing stages of the second half, “John McGinn” formed a beautiful shot into the top corner from the end of the box to double the opponent’s ‘ lead against the run of play.

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Palace managed to snatch a late consolation through Marc Guehi in injury time but it was not enough to deny Villa.


With tough cold conditions in south London the travelling Villa support were treated to a confident performance, with McGinn, Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings all having opportunity for the visitors in the first half of the game after Targett’s opener.


Palace should have try and score first through “Wilfried Zaha” after the forward jinked past his marker on the edge of the Villa box but his left-footed effort was dragged just wide of the far post.


The Eagles make use of the great opportunity they saw to equalize after the break denied when referee “Michael Salisbury” blew his whistle for a foul by Marvelous Nakamba on Zaha and missed the advantage Christian Benteke and Conor Gallagher had created.


Before, Aston Villa almost played out the final quarter of the game with 10 men as substitute left as one of its player “Douglas Luiz” was giving a red card for a challenge on “Cheikhou Kouyate”, but later, it was downgraded to a yellow after Salisbury went and look at the pitchside monitor.


This win took Villa up into 11th place, level on points with Palace in 10th.

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We’re Determined To Eliminate The Bandits: Federal Government Reaction To Proscription Of Bandits

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, “Abubakar Malami”, SAN, said the Federal Government is determined to eliminate bandits across the country.


Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said the Federal Government is determined to elimnate bandits across the country, most especially now that the Court has granted application filed by his Office declaring bandits groups as terrorist organisations.


This statement was made by “Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu”, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, he said in a statement issued to news reporters.


According to Dr. Umar the declaration is a demonstration of the determination of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation as well the Federal Government in doing things in accordance with the rule of law.

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He added, “The development is a pointer to the commitment of the Federal Government to adhere to the international standards in respecting the rules of engagement in the fight against terrorism, separatists organisations, insurgency and banditry in the country”.


Gwandu said by this declaration the Federal Government of Nigeria has followed bold steps to deal ruthlessly with all terrorists groups in the country likewise their sponsors in efforts to bring lasting solution to the myriad of insecurity challenges and to restore peace in the country.


“The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in collaboration with relevant government agencies including security forces are working tirelessly to do the needful and take full advantage of this declaration.


“The government will gazette, publish the publicise the proscription order.”

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